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Carlisle United bans fan after smoke grenade evacuation

Exeter stadium evacuated Image copyright Twitter | @DanKelly1987
Image caption The game was halted for a time after the smoke grenade was set off

Carlisle United has banned a teenage fan from its Brunton Park ground after a smoke grenade was set off during the team's away game against Exeter.

The incident led to part of Exeter's St James Park ground being evacuated and the game halted for a time on Saturday.

Police and the fire brigade were called to the stadium and a 16-year-old male was arrested.

The club said the fan had been banned for the rest of season, describing the incident as "reckless and dangerous".

The teenager has since been bailed, Cumbria Police confirmed.

'Potentially extremely dangerous'

The pyrotechnic was let off in the away end, causing the stand to be evacuated and the match to be held up for more than an hour.

Club spokesman Andy Hall said the ban was an "interim measure".

"The matter remains in the hands of the authorities, but we have taken this step to send a further message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated," he said.

"The use of pyrotechnics within a stadium environment is reckless, irresponsible and potentially extremely dangerous.

"As was stated at the weekend, it simply has to stop. We will continue to do everything we can along with the authorities to stamp this out as we do not want it associated with our magnificent fans or this club in any way."

The League Two clash eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.

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